Hacking Thy Fearful Symmetry

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Trying to define badness: Shakesphackers

July 22, 2007
terminology

Shakesphacker: (n.) a programer who, at the instar of Shakespeare's infamous chimps, randomly bang on the keyboard until the laws of probability make him generate a working line of code.

I came up with that term Friday to try to put a label on a coding philosophy I observed. I'm not entierely satisfied by it though -- it sounds way too sophisticated for the kind of feeling it try to convey. "Foo flinger" could be more adequate.

In all cases, shakesphackers can be easily identified by their exuberant love of evals -- they firmly believe that, just like violence, if it doesn't solve your problems, it's because your not using enough of it.

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Yanick Champoux
Perl necrohacker , ACP writer, orchid lover. Slightly bonker all around. he/him/his